\ ˈsün How to pronounce soon (audio) , especially New England ˈsu̇n \

Definition of soon

1 : without undue time lapse : before long soon after sunrise
2 : in a prompt manner : speedily as soon as possible the sooner the better no sooner said than done
3 : in agreement with one's choice or preference : willingly I'd just as soon walk as drive
4 archaic : before the usual time
5 obsolete : at once : immediately

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Examples of soon in a Sentence

We will soon be making changes. The soonest I can get there is tomorrow. When is the soonest possible date of delivery? The audience soon realized that it wasn't a stunt. She found a job soon after graduation. How soon can you finish the job? The sooner you finish your homework, the sooner you can go outside and play. I will let you know as soon as possible. I'll get there as soon as I can.
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Recent Examples on the Web Police dogs injured in the line of duty will soon be able to be taken by ambulance to emergency veterinarian clinics. Skyler Swisher,, 18 June 2021 That nickname has followed her from Waterford High School, to the University of Wisconsin, to Italy and soon-to-be Tokyo. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 June 2021 Can the Crew close out their soon-to-be former home ground with a victory over Chicago Fire FC? Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 18 June 2021 In and around cities, many marshes and mangrove forests are, or soon will be, squeezed between rising seas and human infrastructure, such as seawalls, levees, roads, and houses, that block the path to higher ground. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, 17 June 2021 Dozens more people showed up as police finished clearing the streets, and soon began to rebuild the barricades. Susan Du, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 In some ultra-Orthodox towns such as Bnei Brak, some residents are already predicting their leaders will soon return to power. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, 15 June 2021 Local officials ordered a mandatory evacuation for residents and businesses within a one-mile radius of the plant soon after the blaze began. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 14 June 2021 But soon, the speculation about Dr. Shi and her lab began to swirl. New York Times, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of soon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for soon

Middle English soone, from Old English sōna; akin to Old High German sān immediately

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The first known use of soon was before the 12th century

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20 Jun 2021

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“Soon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of soon

: at a time that is not long from now
: in a short time after something happens
: in a quick way


\ ˈsün How to pronounce soon (audio) \
sooner; soonest

Kids Definition of soon

1 : without delay : before long The fog soon disappeared.
2 : in a prompt way : quickly I'll call you as soon as possible.
3 : before long They soon learned the truth.
4 : early entry 1 sense 2 I wish you'd told me sooner.
5 : by choice : willingly I would sooner walk than ride.

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